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Market Commentary

Financial Engines Market Update, Q3 2017: Gradual Acceleration

Global equity markets followed their strong second-quarter showing with positive returns in the third quarter. Economic growth continues to slowly accelerate among major developed economies. In addition, employment remains strong. Large-cap stocks in the S&P 500 index gained +4.5% in…


Market Summary: August 2017

An eventful August brings mixed market results. The past several months were strong for stocks around the world. But August saw both an increase in volatility and mixed returns. Large-cap U.S. stocks (S&P 500 index) managed a +0.31% return, after…


August 2017 Perspectives – Synchronized swimming

From talking about the U.S. economy’s treading water in last quarter’s Perspectives, we’ve now moved to “synchronized swimming” in our current issue. Synchronized swimming, you ask? We think that’s a fitting metaphor for the global expansion we’re seeing from the…


From the Hill

The Conflict of Interest (Fiduciary) Rule Is Good for Americans and Should Be Kept in Place

The topic of fiduciary protections and providing people with advice that’s in their best interest continues to be hotly debated by the public and across all branches of the federal government. Regardless of mandates coming out of Washington D.C., we…


The Future of Dodd-Frank and the Impact on Consumers

2017 looks to be a year of change. With the incoming political administration, many policymakers hope to reform some key laws established under outgoing President Barack Obama. While much of the early focus has been on the Affordable Care Act,…


Today’s Elections Won’t Decide Your Long-Term Financial Future

Americans everywhere have been using a variety of words to describe this election cycle, but “drama-free” certainly hasn’t been one of them. Between the candidates’ one-upsmanship and non-stop media coverage, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype and…